The FBI has opened an investigation into the alleged hacking of online accounts belonging to MSNBC host Joy Reid, according to Reid’s lawyer.
This week, Reid said homophobic posts on her old blog were the result of someone hacking her accounts.
In a statement provided to media outlets, attorney John H. Reichman said the FBI was looking into “potential criminal activities surrounding several online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid.”
Reichman continued: “Our own investigation and monitoring of the situation will continue to parallel, and we are cooperating with law enforcement as their investigation proceeds.”
The controversy was stirred this month after a Twitter user published screenshots from Reid’s old blog, The Reid Report, which she wrote during her time as a Florida talk show host (Reid also hosted a show on MSNBC by the same name). The posts mentioned opposition to gay marriage and cringing “at the sight of two men kissing.”
In a statement provided to Mediaite, Reid claimed Monday that these posts were created by an “unknown, external party.”
“The manipulated material seems to be part of an effort to taint my character with false information by distorting a blog that ended a decade ago,” she said. “Now that the site has been compromised, I can state unequivocally that it does not represent the original entries.”
Though Reid has said she is not responsible for these posts, The Daily Beast on Wednesday said it would suspend future columns from Reid for now while its cybersecurity reporter investigated her claims and its media reporter looks into Reid’s history.
“Obviously, this is a difficult situation,” Daily Beast executive editor Noah Schachtman wrote in a note to his staff. “We’ve all said and done things in our lives that we wish we hadn’t done. We deserve the room to grow beyond our past. But these allegations are serious enough that they deserve a full examination.”
According to Politico, Reid will remain on air at MSNBC, where she has worked since 2014 and currently hosts the weekend show AM Joy.
MSNBC did not immediately return a request for comment.
An active Twitter user, Reid has yet to mention the controversial posts on the platform, and she hasn’t tweeted anything since Tuesday.
Reid has previously come under fire for posts containing homophobic comments. In December, Reid apologized for posts that speculated about the sexuality of then-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.
“At no time have I intentionally sought to demean or harm the LGBT community, which includes people whom I deeply love,” she told Mediaite at the time. “My goal, in my ham-handed way, was to call out potential hypocrisy.”
The latest controversy has resulted in an LGBT advocacy group rescinding an award from Reid.
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